PRELIMINARY INFORMATION, from the scene – At approx. 630am this morning, YCSO received a call of a single vehicle attempting to cross Beaver Creek at Reay Road in Rimrock. The caller indicated the vehicle was beginning to float away and appeared to contain only the driver. A swiftwater team was called out and local fire units responded. The weather remained very stormy in the area and visibility was very poor. At about 7:15 AM, fire personnel located the vehicle almost completely submerged in the river some distance from the crossing. – see attached photo --
The swiftwater team was deployed but could not get a complete view of the vehicle interior. As a result, a full search effort covering the area where the vehicle was submerged was ordered. Around 11 :45 AM, a DPS Ranger crew flying over the creek bed spotted a body a little less than a mile from the submerged vehicle. Recovery operations are currently underway. Rescue 1 is also flying to aid efforts of ground personnel tracking a path to the body.
Additional details as they become available –
As we have publicized so many times, DO NOT ATTEMPT ‘LOW WATER’ CROSSINGS. IT TAKES VERY LITTLE WATER TO CARRY A VEHICLE AWAY! THE VELOCITY OF WATER IN THIS AREA IS UNUSUALLY HIGH.